Who are these men?

This post is a work in progress.  At the time that I published it, I hadn't managed to identify any of the men in the photo.  A resourceful reader in the UK, Michael, quickly identified two of them.  The man seated in the middle of the second row is Frederic Thesiger, Viscount Chelmsford, who was... Continue Reading →

Young roller skater in Calcutta

If only we knew her story!  Alas, she isn't identified.  Her carte-de-visite was made by John Bowles Newman, whose studio was at 5, Old Court House Street, Calcutta (Kolkata).  The only information I found online about Mr. Newman was that he filed a petition of insolvency in 1879.  It always makes me sad to read... Continue Reading →

Musician with Tanjore tambura

This 19th-century photograph was printed on very thin paper and glued to a stiffer paper mount.  At some point the mount was trimmed to the dimensions of a postcard, possibly so that it would fit into an album.  The back is blank.  I bought it from a dealer in Suffolk, England, who couldn't tell me... Continue Reading →

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